In Brasher Falls, the Canton girls varsity basketball team beat St. Lawrence Central, 63-49. The win was not the team’s most graceful victory but the girls were able to find grit and grind out the win.
The first quarter showed how the Bears like to play. They moved the ball quickly, ran the floor, and played relentless defense. With the lead 16-8 after eight minutes, the second quarter was a much different story. Canton found themselves struggling to make stops on defense and lacking offensive fluidity. The Bears were allowing SLC to score easy baskets and unable to make plays on the other end. The Larries outscored the bears 22-15 in the second quarter alone. At the half Canton was leading 31-30 and the team was not pleased with the momentum shift.
To start the third quarter the Golden Bears came out strong and scored 21 points. Their defense improved from the previous quarter and they held the Larries to 6, the best defensive quarter of the game.
The fourth quarter consisted of Canton retaining this lead to close out the game. The Bears were not showing their full potential throughout the contest, however, the outcome was the desired one regardless. Canton hopes to improve their overall level of play after this game, and continue to get healthy as they have been injury-stricken in recent weeks.
For the Golden Bears, Katie Chisholm put up 16 points and sophomore Maddie Hoy scored 14. Sarah Sieminski and Gretchen Warner each scored eight, and Esther Shipman, Hailee Duvall, and Mary Lodell added five each.
The Bears will travel to Syracuse for a tournament this weekend and play back in the North Country on Wednesday, Jan. 22 when Canton will scrimmage Lisbon at 7:15 p.m. in Lisbon. Go Bears!